What Are The Health Benefits Of Pilates?

Pilates is an amazing work out. It focuses on all major muscle groups without straining or damaging the body. The Pilates method is very flexible. It can be adapted to suit everyone.
Those who regularly practice Pilates find there are numerous health benefits.

Here are the main health benefits of Pilates:

Better muscle strength and tone

Pilates is the best way to strengthen your core muscles and tone key areas. Pilates sessions work on your abdominals, hips and buttocks. Unlike resistance or weight training Pilates is not harmful to muscles. It will not leave you exhausted or drained. The best Pilates classes allow you to work at your own pace, you really get to know your body and how to push yourself to the next level.

Improves flexibility

Regular Pilates sessions are an amazing way to improve your flexibility. Pilates focuses on stretching while the body is moving and muscles are already warm. This creates more suppleness and flexibility. Greater flexibility reduces muscle tension, stiffness and the risk of future injuries.

Perfect posture

Most adults suffer from bad posture. Pilates is an excellent way to fix bad habits, loosen tight muscle groups and strengthen your core. Pilates teaches how to align the body and challenges your usual positions and stances to get the most from your muscles. Bad posture is the cause of most common aches and pains. Improving your posture reduces the pressure on sensitive joints like knees or hips.

Help rehabilitate injuries

In the 1920’s Pilates was invented to help injured athletes maintain their physical fitness. Nearly one hundred years later Pilates remains the most popular way to excersize sensitive or damaged areas. Most injuries are caused by muscle imbalances and Pilates aims to fix muscle imbalances.

Pilates can be an amazing pain reliever as it takes stress off strained muscle groups and relieves tension. Many who suffer from back pain find Pilates an excellent way to ease aching.

More energy

The more you exercise, the more energy you have. Pilates stretches draw more oxygen to the muscles groups, creating better circulation and stimulating your muscles. A good Pilates session will always leave you feeling refreshed and energised as your whole body has been rejuvenated.

Pilates also helps build stamina. Each sequence contains repetitions which build your body’s natural strength, endurance and resistance.

Stress management and relaxation

Stress is often the underlying cause of ill health. Regular exercise is the best way to combat the effects and causes of stress. Like yoga, Pilates helps to calm the mind and increase concentration levels. By focusing on your breathing during your Pilates session you become more mindful of your breath, body and muscles. For some Pilates is a form of mediation.
Pilates helps to release psychological tension, improve your sleeping patterns and control stress and anger.

Improved physical coordination and balance

Joseph Pilates wanted his method to be “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” Practising Pilates is all about building physical and mental balance. The movements you make are designed to balance between different groups of muscles. Pilates gives your body a very even work out. This helps to improve balance as all muscles groups are toned.

Pilates helps to align your spine and correct over or under balances in your natural stance. Your mental coordination improves as you become more aware of your physical body and how you balance yourself.

There are of course so many more health benefits of Pilates. Everyone has a different body, feels different benefits and has their own experience.

The best thing about Pilates is that anybody can do it. It’s a great safe and easy way to get your mind and body into shape whatever your age, gender or fitness level. Even those with limited mobility can benefit from Pilates sessions.

If you need any Pilates information or advice just contact your local studio. There are so many different types of classes available you will always be able to find one to suit your needs.

How has Pilates helped you? Let us know your experiences in the comments below…